Tonight’s the big night of the Rome Christmas Parade! The parade will traverse Broad Street in downtown Rome beginning at 6:30 pm. It will start at East First Avenue and end between Sixth and Eighth Avenues, where Santa Claus will light the Christmas tree located by the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce. This year’s theme is “Christmas at the Movies”. Ralph White will serve as Grand Marshal. More than 100 floats will be featured in the parade.
The Berry College Theatre Company seeks to raise funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital with their third annual Christmas fundraiser, a production of Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol by Tom Mula. The show opens this Thursday night at Berry’s E.H. Young Theatre. Performances are slated for Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm, with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 pm.
The Atlanta Hawks fell to the San Antonio Spurs 102-100 in NBA action last night in San Antonio, Texas. Things looked hopeful for the Hawks when Jeff Teague threw a three-pointer to tie the game with less than five seconds left, but the Spurs broke that tie courtesy of a jump shot by Tim Duncan with .4 seconds remaining. Teague led the Hawks in scoring with 19 points.
Fourteen people lost their lives on Georgia’s roads over the Thanksgiving holiday travel period, which got underway on Wednesday at 6 pm and ended last night at midnight. During that 102-hour period, the Georgia State Patrol investigated 556 traffic crashes that resulted in 244 injuries and 10 fatalities. Additional fatalities were reported by Macon Police, DeKalb County Police and the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department (which reported two fatalities). One fatality was reported by the GSP’s Troop A, which covers Northwest Georgia; it came from state troopers here in Rome.
Heyman HospiceCare at Floyd celebrated the arrival of the holiday season with the annual lighting of the Love Light Tree at a new location atop Floyd Medical Center last night. The 25-foot tree has been relocated this year from the Physician Center parking garage at the hospital’s Main Entrance to the top of the hospital’s north wing facing Turner McCall Boulevard.
The Shorter University Lady Hawks fell to defending Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association champion Clark Atlanta 64-37 in a non-conference women’s basketball game last night at Shorter’s Winthrop King Centre. Karisma Boykin led the scoring for Shorter with 20 points. Last night’s loss was the fourth straight for the Lady Hawks, who fall to 1-4 on the 2013-2014 season. They’ll return to action on December 14th as host to Gulf South Conference rival West Georgia.
The Seattle Seahawks became the first team to clinch a spot in the NFC playoffs last night with a 34-7 win over the New Orleans Saints in Monday Night Football in Seattle. Russell Wilson threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns for the Seahawks, who improved to 11-1 with last night’s win. The Saints fell to 9-3.
The estimated 40 million motorists that traveled for Thanksgiving this year experienced some relief at the pump as the national cost for a gallon of regular gas averaged $3.28, 13 cents less than 2012’s Thanksgiving average of $3.41. However, according to AAA, The Auto Club Group, not all motorists enjoyed lower pump prices over the holiday weekend.